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Kara Gross appointed to Santa Clara County hazard committee

Kara Gross headshotAugust 16, 2016 - Santa Clara County has appointed Kara Gross, executive director of the Silicon Valley EDA and director of Joint Venture's public sector climate initiatives, to the county's 2016-2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan Steering Committee. Gross will work with county and municipal officials, emergency services representatives and utility agency leaders on the committee.

The hazard mitigation plan identifies hazards facing a community or region, assesses  vulnerability to the hazards and identifies specific actions that can be taken to reduce the risk from the hazards.

South County Broker Breakfast Aug. 25 in Morgan Hill

blue bannerAugust 9, 2016 -The Silicon Valley Development Alliance invites commercial real estate brokers and other development professionals to an informative, interactive (and free!) breakfast briefing in Morgan Hill August 25.

Panelists from Gilroy, Morgan Hill and Santa Clara County will discuss the latest development opportunities in the South Bay. The event takes place at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center in Morgan Hill, beginning at 7:30 a.m. with continental breakfast. Panelists will be available for networking after the presentation.

Register here.

New Institute Report on how state regulations impact Silicon Valley job growth

blue and orange report coverJuly 18, 2016 - Joint Venture's Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies has issued a new report on the way state regulations of business activities affects job growth in Silicon Valley. 

The report, commissioned by the City of San Jose and authored by economist Jon Haveman, found "some evidence" that Silicon Valley is losing employment relative to other locations in California due to state regulations, but saw no discernible influence on job creation in the vast majority of industries in Silicon Valley.

Download the report.

Joint Venture, SVTP execs pen Mercury op-ed on food waste

headshot headshotAugust 15, 2016 - Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock and Silicon Valley Talent Partnership Executive Director Lea King co-authored a recent guest editorial in the San Jose Mercury News extolling the need for a regional plan to recover surplus food and distribute to those most in need.

In conjunction with Santa Clara County, Joint Venture and SVTP "are working to enhance the existing effort through a more productive donor, transportation and distribution system and by using innovative technologies," they wrote.

Read the editorial.

Meet Jonathan Stock, USGS Innovation Center

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July 11, 2016 - Like most people in the Bay Area, Jonathan Stock remembers exactly where he was at 5:04 p.m. on October 17, 1989 when the Loma Prieta earthquake struck the Bay Area. Stock, a research geologist, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Innovation Center in Menlo Park and an active partner in Joint Venture’s climate response work, was in his Cowell College dorm at UC Santa Cruz.

“Pretty much ground zero,” he recalls of the 6.9 magnitude quake. “The shaking was so strong and the bright afternoon sun was blinding me through the window, so my first thought was, it’s a nuclear detonation. This is it, war."

Read Jonathan's profile.

Silicon Valley Indicators

indicators home page Did you know you can get comprehensive information and data about the economic and community health of Silicon Valley any time by visiting the online home of the Silicon Valley Index at

The site is maintained and constantly updated by Joint Venture's Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies and is a robust collection of charts and information with links to local, regional and national data sources, and resources for additional information within each of the indicator categories: People, Economy, Society, Place and Governance.

Download the 2016 Silicon Valley Index.

Monthly Investors Council Spotlight

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Joint Venture's Investors Council welcomes dozens of public and private organizations and foundations supporting our initiatives and programs. The Investors Council currently includes more than 100 private organizations, 56 public entities and 13 foundations.

Joint Venture offers a variety of support and sponsorship opportunities for individuals, corporations, and public sector organizations. To inquire about becoming a member of our Investors Council, call (408) 298-9330 or visit our Become an Investor page. To see our current investors, visit our investors pages.

What is Joint Venture Silicon Valley?

Established in 1993, Joint Venture brings together Silicon Valley’s established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues and work toward innovative solutions. In this short video see what Silicon Valley leaders have to say about the organization.

Contact Us

Joint Venture Silicon Valley
100 West San Fernando Street
Suite 310
San Jose, CA 95113 (View Map)

(408) 298-9330

Come Visit Us!

Location & Entrances

100 West San Fernando Street is on the south side of City View Plaza in downtown San Jose, between Almaden Boulevard and South Market Street.

There are entrances on West San Fernando Street and from the center courtyard of City View Plaza.


Parking in the building is accessible by entering the parking garage on West San Fernando Street, Park Avenue, or Almaden Boulevard.

Please be advised the garage is frequently filled to capacity early in the day and finding an open spot can be quite difficult. Further, the rates are expensive and, regrettably, Joint Venture is unable to provide parking validation or discounts.

Additional public parking is located on the surrounding streets and in several indoor public-parking structures in the vicinity marked by neon signs indicating the location and number of parking spots available.

We encourage your use of public transportation:

VTA Light Rail and Buses – Our building is served by VTA Light Rail along First Street and by VTA Bus routes 22, 23, 63, 64, 65 and 81.

CalTrain and Amtrak – CalTrain and Amtrak passengers may disembark at the San Jose Stations across from the HP Pavilion and walk east on West San Fernando.

If you choose to drive:

From the South Bay:
Take U.S. 101 North to Highway 85 North to Highway 87 North (Guadalupe Parkway)
Exit Highway 87 North at Santa Clara Street
At the stop light, turn right on Santa Clara
Turn right on Almaden Boulevard
Turn left on West San Fernando

From the North Bay:
Take U.S. 101 South to Highway 87 South (Guadalupe Parkway)
Take exit 6B for West Julian Street toward St. James Street
Turn left on St. James to Market Street
Turn right on Market to West San Fernando
Turn right on West San Fernando

From the Peninsula:
Take Interstate 280 South to Highway 87 (Guadalupe Parkway)
Bear left onto Highway 87 North
Exit Highway 87 North at Santa Clara Street
At the stop light, turn right on Santa Clara
Turn right on Almaden Boulevard
Turn left on West San Fernando

From the East Bay:
Take Interstate 880 South
Take exit at North First Street toward Downtown
Turn right on North Julian Street
Turn left on North Market Street
Turn right on West San Fernando

From the West Valley:
Take Interstate 17 North/880 North to Interstate 280 South
Exit onto Highway 87 (Guadalupe Parkway)
Bear left onto Highway 87 North
Exit Highway 87 North at Santa Clara Street
At the stop light, turn right on Santa Clara
Turn right on Almaden Boulevard
Turn left on West San Fernando

In The News

August 18, 2016 - (International Business Times) - Silicon Valley Has Taken 16 Years to Recover from Dot-Com Bubble Burst: "Russell Hancock, President of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, based in San Jose, told the Mercury News, 'We are creating all kinds of tech jobs, but at the same time we are nowhere hear to solving all the housing and traffic problems.'" More.  

August 17, 2016 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Tech Jobs in Bay Area Surpass Dot-Com Era's Peak: "'"We are creating all kinds of tech jobs, but at the same time we are nowhere near to solving all the housing and traffic problems,' said Russell Hancock, president of San Jose-based Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a private-public partnership." More.

July 26, 2016 - (Driverless Transporation) - Silicon Valley Takes on Smart Mobility: "The Smart Mobility office of Joint Venture Silicon Valley (JVSV) seeks to implement several new transportation systems that will get people out of their cars, use public transit and bikes, and spew fewer greenhouse gas emissions." More

July 21, 2016 - (KPIX-TV) - Peter Thiel Shows Up for Trump: "Both of these people are men of contradictions," says Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock. Video

July 15, 2016 - (Financial Times) - Inside Hacker Dojo, the Soul of Silicon Valley: "...figures provided by the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies show strong increases in the number of residents aged 20-29." More

July 12, 2016 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Guest editorial: King, Hancock: Hunger in Silicon Valley Can Be Ended with Community Plan: The two nonprofits we lead have teamed up to convene organizations engaged in surplus food recovery and distribution. More.

July 4, 2016 - (Reuters) - Israel's High-Tech Boom Threatened by Shallow Labour Pool: "Nearly 75 percent of computer and math workers aged 25-44 employed in California's Silicon Valley are foreign-born, according to the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies." More.

June 20, 2016 - (San Jose Mercury News) - California's Skyrocketing Housing Costs, Taxes Prompt Exodus of Residents: "'A lot of middle-class jobs have vaporized,' said Russell Hancock, president of San Jose-based Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

June 1, 2016 - (South Pasadena Review) - Linda Hess, Founder of Urban Harvester, Woman of the Year: "Linda and Urban Harvester found themselves partnering up with Joint Venture Silicon Valley in 2015 for an initiative to look into the current efforts in addressing the growing hunger and poverty issues happening throughout the Silicon Valley." More.

May 19, 2016 - (Mountain View Voice) - Upsetting Sacred Cows to Solve Housing Crisis?: "Just last year, the South Bay added 64,000 new jobs, but only 5,000 new housing units, according to Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a regional think tank." More.

May 18, 2016 - (10News Tampa Bay) - New Technology Could Bring Driverless 18-Wheelers: "'Some trucking accidents happen because the drivers fall asleep. So that's not going to be a problem anymore,' said Steve Raney with Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

May 17, 2016 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Granny Units Coming to a Neighborhood Near You?: "The bill has received endorsements from the Bay Area Council, California Chamber of Commerce, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, Bridge Housing and Facebook." More

May 10, 2016 - ( - Jump Starting Mobility Efficiency: "His comments echo the view of the audience at the Joint Venture Silicon Valley 2016 State of the Valley Conference." More

May 6, 2016 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Jamba Juice Will Leave East Bay, Move HQ to Texas: "'Maybe we are getting to the point where some companies say it doesn't make sense to be here,' said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

May 5, 2016 - (Santa Clara Weekly) - New Electric Vehicle Charging Station Opens Near Levi's Stadium: "Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, said the station’s opening is in line with its 2009 Climate Prosperity initiative." More

May 3, 2016 - (Wall Street Journal) - Is the Tech Bubble Popping? Ping Pong Offers an Answer: "Table buying 'tracks most closely with startups that hit that threshold where they’re taking out office space,' says Russell Hancock, chief executive of think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley, which follows economic trends." More

May 2, 2016 - (San Jose Mercury News) - One-third of Bay Area Residents Hope to Leave Soon, Poll Finds: "'The economic divide in the Bay Area is real,' said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More.

April 28, 2016 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Bay Area Residents Wary of New Housing Development: "'NIMBY is alive and well, and maybe stronger than ever,' said Russell Hancock, president of San Jose-based Joint Venture Silicon Valley..." More

April 25, 2016 - ( - Santa Clara Electric Vehicle Charging Center the Largest in California: "Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility Silicon Valley Power (SVP) collaborated with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Joint Venture Silicon Valley, ChargePoint, and MJR Electric. More

April 23, 2016 - (Motherboard) - Silicon Valley Girls: Growing Up Female Among the Bay Area's Elite: “Poverty rates among school aged children are generally highest in Alameda and Santa Clara Counties and along the I-80 east west corridor, a research brief from the the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies reports." More

April 22, 2016 - (KRON-TV) - Santa Clara Opens Largest Electric Vehicle Charging Center in CA: "Officials from Silicon Valley Power, the Electric Power Research Institute, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, ChargePoint, and MJR Electric, together obtained a $393,000 grant that paid for the construction and equipment for the station." More.